The Original War Horse

By Corsi Martin

We have all seen famous paintings depicting Native Americans mounted on a beautiful horse, overlooking a canyon or another beautiful landscape. The two seem to be much of a pair, and after the 1500s horses were essential to native tribes. But what was life like before the horse was introduced to the Natives?

That’s right. Natives were once afoot among the plains when it came to hunting, gathering, war, and moving. For decades and decades the natives were completely reliant on their sharp senses of smell, hearing and sight combined with impeccable hunting skills for basic survival. It wasn’t until the 1500s that equine life would be introduced, which would change their course of action thereafter.

As history tells it, the general consensus is that the Spanish had the honor of exposing the Natives to horses first.

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